RIVERDALE, Ga. -- Early Monday, Officer Travis Fox of the Clayton County Police Department was involved in a wreck that put him in the hospital. But Wednesday, his family was most concerned with Fox's K-9 partner, Lakota, who was in the same accident while on duty and is in the hospital as well.
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Wednesday, Lakota's legs were in casts; the canine was hooked up to tubes and, according to the dog's owner, scheduled for surgery Thursday at the University of Georgia's Veterinary Hospital.
The county retired Lakota on Tuesday, and Officer Fox's family asked to own the dog. But as part of that, the family says it now must pay Lakota's medical expenses, which total $10,000 for the surgery.
Officer Fox's wife, Corey, says UGA graciously agreed to do the operation for $3,000.
"Lakota has protected my husband so many times," Corey Fox said. "Now it's our turn to take care of him."
Officer Fox was released from Atlanta Medical Center Wednesday afternoon. He says he is feeling much better and expects both to make a full recovery; in the near future, he also plans to be back at work with the force.
For more about Lakota's situation, check out the following web sites:
UGA College of Veterinary Medicine